Retail stores and other main street businesses in Minnesota can re-open Monday if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy, Governor Tim Walz said last night (Wed) as he announced he’s letting his stay-at-home order expire. The governor says small businesses are critical to Minnesota’s social and economic fabric:

“I recognize how hard this pandemic has fallen on them, and I hope this action charts a safe and prosperous path forward.”

Walz says family-and-friend gatherings of 10 people or less can resume, and his administration is preparing guidance on how to safely re-open bars, restaurants, barbershops, salons and fitness centers beginning June 1st:

“This will coincide with a significant increase in testing, tracing and isolating the virus in the state.”

But Walz stresses that to avoid an overwhelming peak in COVID-19, Minnesotans must double-down on efforts at social distancing, wear masks when out shopping, and continue to work from home if they can.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT *WHICH* BUSINESSES ARE ALLOWED TO RE-OPEN:

mn.gov/deed/safework

This official website also has templates for business safety plans, guidelines on 50 percent occupancy for retail and worker safety guidelines